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How many cigarettes can be consumed safely per day?

Wednesday, 03 September 2003
Answered by: Jitendra Pande
Consultant Respiratory Medicine
Sitaram Bhartiya
Delhi
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Q. How many cigarettes can a person smoke safely? I am having six per day. Should I reduce, please explain?

A.  It is true that most of the epidemiological associations between tobacco smoking and adverse health effects have been noted amongst smokers who smoke more than 5 cigarettes a day for several years. WHO defines a smoker as one who has smoked more than 200 cigarettes in a lifetime! Few smokers are able to restrict to less than 5 cigarettes a day and herein lies the danger. The advice is to quit completely.

A.  It is true that most of the epidemiological associations between tobacco smoking and adverse health effects have been noted amongst smokers who smoke more than 5 cigarettes a day for several years. WHO defines a smoker as one who has smoked more than 200 cigarettes in a lifetime! Few smokers are able to restrict to less than 5 cigarettes a day and herein lies the danger. The advice is to quit completely.

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